Infrastructure and Energy Development are Key Priorities for Hoeven in Senate

(United States Senator John Hoeven for North Dakota 8-15-2012) Hoeven Meets with Mercer, Washburn Leaders on Infrastructure, Coal Ash Recycling, Domestic Energy Legislation.

ARTBA to Congress: Excessive Regulations Threaten Highway Bill Progress

(For Construction Pros 7-19-2012) ARTBA Chairman testifies against regulations that "hinder" the balance between meeting our nation's transportation mobility needs and protecting public interest. Regulatory inefficiencies and threats in the areas of hours of services for truck drivers, the Clean Water Act, and the use of coal ash could undermine the historic policy reforms put in place by the newly enacted highway and transit law, MAP-21, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chairman July 19 told Congress.

Bipartisan bill shows coal ash compromise

(Basin Electric Power Cooperative 8-3-2012) A bipartisan bill looks to halt further federal coal ash regulation and put oversight in the states' hands. A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a revised bill in the U.S. Senate Aug. 2 that creates state oversight for safe and efficient recycling of coal ash generated by power plants.

Coal Ash Recycling

 (KFYR-TV News Story 8-3-2012) North Dakota`s two Senators introduced legislation that would require coal ash to be recycled and regulated at the state level. Something that is already happening in North Dakota.

Coal ash is a by-product of coal-based electricity generation. It can be recycled and turned into construction material for roads and buildings.

The Lignite Energy Council says the law wouldn`t change much for coal plants in North Dakota.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce the Coal Ash Recycling And Oversight Act of 2012

 (Hoven Senate.Gov 8-2-2012) Measure Will Preserve Jobs, Protect Local Oversight, Ensure Good Environmental Stewardship.  U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will ensure the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash into a valuable construction material for roads, buildings and other infrastructure projects.

Coal concerns top McKinley’s agenda

(The Hill 7-9-2012) Walking into Rep. David McKinley’s (R-W.Va.) office, the first thing a visitor notices is the life-size poster above his couch of coal miner James Brandon and his young daughter, Kailee. “I’m looking out for this guy right here,” McKinley said, pointing to the poster. “When I came to Washington, I found out that the mining industry did not have very much respect and these individuals were treated as numbers and I’m trying to personalize it for anyone who comes into the office.”

Law should encourage fly ash recycling

(Billings Gazette 7-1-2012) The Corette power plant employs 40 hard-working Montanans. The plant recycles fly ash – a byproduct of burning coal – for beneficial uses like concrete production. But those jobs could be in peril if Congress doesn’t pass a provision in the highway bill to encourage the use of fly ash by creating an environmental standard and giving states the regulatory authority.

Let's keep putting fly ash to good use in Montana roads, bridges

(Billings Gazette 6-29-2012) Like most Montanans, I get pretty upset when I hear about waste. If we can recycle a valuable product that serves an important purpose – and create jobs in the process – then why wouldn’t we? Well, that’s exactly what fly ash offers. It’s a byproduct of electric power plants that’s recycled for use in critical infrastructure and construction projects across the country and right here at home.

Fly ash- Our homegrown job creator

( 6-29-2012) Montana needs to be focused on job creators, not job killers. And when there’s a good opportunity to keep the jobs we got and create new ones — good paying ones — then we should be doing everything we can to encourage it.